Run 233 22/12/2018

A cool , fresh , calm morning it was for Parkrun no.233 . 34 brave souls faced the few hills , but for Neil Harper it was the hilliest parkrun he’s ever completed , but without the unique views ( unfortunately at the top of every hill ) he wouldn’t have completed it at all . Today was Junior Parkrun Volunteer Day , so I’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped out today , and to Run Director Aoife who made a prompt speech . The parkrun wouldn’t be complete without the timekeepers , Olan and Seán , and Ultan on tokens , Kevin who was on scanning duty after his run . Niamh was making memories as photographer . Michelagh and Emma were tailwalkers and were making sure everyone got around the course safely . We also had two new volunteers , Jack and Kate , who did an amazing job at starting the clock . Hopefully they will be back soon . Now , down to business , 34 participants made their way to the start line , including 3 canine friends , Riley , Jessie and Nessa who turn up every week and trot the course . We had two newcomers , Neil Harper and Karen Waring , from Carrickfergus . Kevin was first in today with an impressive time of 20:15 , then it was Pat Sheehan with a new pb , followed by 32 others . We all headed back to the Bakehouse for some tasty treats , and of course , the tea and coffee . The Junior Volunteers received their beautiful breakfast for all the hard work throughout the year complements of the Bakehouse. Natalie made a quick welcome to Cormac, Debbie and Geraldine who joined Beara Athletic Club and completed their first 5k. It was an enjoyable morning by everyone . Hopefully we will see you all again on Christmas Day or next Saturday morning , if not , have a jolly Christmas and a fantastic New Year . See you next week,

Breandán